Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Furue claim he matched the bones to the missing person list?

2. What does Baden note about the symmetry of the human body?

3. What was missing from the body of the bishop on Flight 66?

4. In what year is the office of the Coroner first described?

5. What were resurrectionists during the time of the French Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

2. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

3. Describe why there was controversy surrounding the death of Elvis.

4. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

5. List the three tests used to determine how long someone has been dead, and mention what they are.

6. Describe how Baden explains why the father of the female drug addict in Chapter Two has little emotion.

7. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

8. Describe why Baden believes the dead woman at the fund raiser and the dead baby in the impoverished apartment represent the inequalities of life.

9. Describe the People vs. Levine case. What was the case, and why did Baden fail to do as he was asked by the DA?

10. Explain the circumstances surrounding the guilty verdict of Harvey Crippen.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

Essay Topic 2

Baden often questions the morality of others involved in the governmental process. He questions the DAs, the mayors, hospital coroners, military personnel, rescue workers, and still others throughout the novel on a variety of different levels. Why do you think Baden suspects nearly all departments of corruption? Do you think this comes from his own experiences as an ME? Why or why not? Do you think Baden is biased as a result of his experiences? Does this discredit his opinions about such issues as misidentifying remains, improper ME techniques, or looting of victims? Why or why not? What does this say about the credibility of his entire book?

Essay Topic 3

The novel discusses three clear methods to detect time of death, those of rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the three methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Which is the best method of detection? Why? What are the limitations of this method?

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